Spain slows down

Spain has taken the unprecedented step of slashing its own national speed limit from 120km/h (75mph) to 110km/h (68mph) as a result of rising oil prices caused by revolutions in the Arab region.

The country relies heavily on imported fuel, with the BBC claiming it gets 13% of this from Libya.

Overnight workers placed new stickers over the old speed limit on more than 6000 signs. Deputy Prime Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said: ‘We are going to go a bit slower and in exchange we will consume less petrol and pay less money.’

The move is believed to be temporary, lasting until the end of June. The Partido Popular, Spain’s conservative opposition, balked at the measure. A spokesperson said: ‘What next? Will the government make people go to sleep earlier to reduce their consumption of light?’

The Spanish Government hopes that the lower speed limit will save 15 percent on fuel bills, though the opposition party claims the real figure is around 5 percent.

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